Claiborne County
Tennessee

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The Seal of Claiborne County
1801

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Above you will see pictures of the Old Jail in Tazewell, Tennessee. The first color picture was made by me in about 1996 and the others were made either in the mid or late 1930's. The older pictures are compliments of William G. Chumley. There were two Chumley's John Wesley and Daniel L. who were Sheriffs of Claiborne County.

See more regarding the Old Jail HERE

From Goodspeed’s History of Claiborne County-- "The first jail was completed at about the same time as the courthouse - 1804. It was used until 1819, when Josiah C. Ramsey, John Evans, William Graham, William Renfro, Robert Crockett, David Rogers and Reuben Rogers were appointed commissioners to erect a new jail. It was built with a double wall, the outside being rock and the inside frame.” The architecture is described as follows in The Peoples History of Claiborne County - Vol II - "Originally, the stone foundation level served basically as the entry with stairs leading to the "Second" floor (brick section) which was the main facility. In the center of this floor was a single cell ("bull pen") with steel bars; an open hallway was on each of the four sides. A jailer had a bed in one corner. The cell has apparently been removed."

Near Horton's Ford in Hancock County across the Clinch River is an 850-acre tract purchased recently by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency from The Nature Conservancy. The property features a seven-bedroom farmhouse that has been carefully restored and is scheduled to open on Earth Day, April 22, 2008 as the Clinch River Conservation Center and Retreat.


  • The Two Hundredth Year Celebration of Formation of State of Tennessee - 1996 Up On the Clinch
  • Hiram D. Payne - Postmaster Allen Station, Hancock County, Tennessee March 24, 1849 letter to his family near Thompkinsville, Monroe County, Kentucky.


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